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Riding Away

Hey y’all!

Guess who got a bike!!

I heart it big time although it took me a good two hours at Echelon to get sized perfectly and figure out how these pedals work!! What an awkward feeling standing in those cycling shoes for the first time and having to clip in and out of the pedals. I admit, I got a wee bit frustrated when I couldn’t get it at first but after some practice on the trainer I figured it out. Still, I think I’ll stay close to home for the time being till I’m sure I have the hang of it!! I also got a HELMET, padded bike shorts + leg warmers and some sports jelly beans…just cause. Does anyone else feel like they are wearing a diaper when they put on padded shorts??!! How awkward and unattractive!
I actually think I got two workouts today. First was yoga, which kicked by butt per usual (I ate a kiwi after…sorry no photo!). And the next was spinning away at the shop on the trainer! I felt like I was in a real life spinning class or something! After spinning and everything I was starving and busted out my packed lunch on their couch while they assisted some other customers. 🙂
This would be a whole wheat pita with hummus, tempeh and greens. Plus half a cucumber, a huge carrot and a SCM cookie (not photoed! Oopsies).
So, I had my times all mixed up today. I actually am working at the studio from 4-5:30 today so that’s where I’m off to in a little bit. Gotta get showered and get some writing done first.
Have a great Wednesday!

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    Mastering Public Health
    January 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Awesome bike… and shoes! The latest bicycle I own is circa 1995; I’ve been meaning to fix that for a while. Padded shorts? Haha, I can see how that would be kind of awkward. But kudos to you for going all-out with the gear. If it makes it more safe/comfortable, it’s worth it.

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    January 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Bike shoes! That’s so hard core!
    In spin class I see the occasional person with bike shoes and I think they’re really bad ass!

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    January 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Hahaha I love how you busted our your lunch in the middle of the store! I do that all the time. When I’m hungry, I’M HUNGRY and I need FOOOOOD.

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    Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    January 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Yes- I agree the shorts are very diaper-like, but well-worth it!! Be careful while you get used to the clips- The first time I finally got the hang out it, I went out on a long ride on country roads. When I rode back into town, I went to stop at a stoplight and completely forgot I was stuck to the pedals so as I attempted to put my leg down, essentially rocking all my weight to one side and tipped over while attached to the bike. Apparently this happens to lots of people. It didn’t really hurt at least, mostly it was a good laugh- to me and others at the intersection 🙂 . It is pretty easy after a few tries though. Good luck and have fun!!

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    January 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Yumm, your lunch looks awesome, and hooray a kick-butt bike. That thing is badass!!

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    Evan Thomas
    January 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Congrats! I guess a “you’ll need it” is a bit of an understatement lol

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    January 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    No way—that’s a sick bike! Felt’s are awesome! Good luck training for your century!

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    January 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    she’s so PRETTY! what’s her name?

    i think if you take a long ride or two, the diaper feeling will be welcomed in those shorts:) good luck with the century, my first is in Aug for livestrong!

    and have SOOOOOO much fun getting to know your new two wheeler!

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    January 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    oh, and you WILL fall, but don’t get discouraged…i think everyone falls at least once while getting used to them…likely at your first stop sign or traffic signal after a long ride:)

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    January 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    sweet bike! Did you get hooked up with that bike? I just got a road bike too, and it cost me some major $$$! (Hello tax returns)
    It is soooo awkward with those clip ins, and I was freaked out the first time I went out riding. Try to find a nice, empty FLAT road to practice on first. I find road bikes to be a wee bit more difficult than MTB or other bikes. Good luck!

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    January 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Great bike! I also feel like those shorts are just too awkward. But there isn’t really an alternative except to suffer!!

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    January 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Those shorts are worth it. You’ll forget ALL about them soon!

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    January 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Ann beat me to it. I was going to say that it’s not a matter of if you fall off when trying to unclip, but when! Everyone goes it, it’s like a rite of passage! Have fun. Your bike is gorgeous.

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    January 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    The bike shoes are so nice! Mine are all black, boring and dirty. I really struggled in the beginning when stopping – be careful in steep hills – I “tipped over” during a race last year because a hill got really steep really quickly, and i didn’t change to a low gear quickly enough (and wasn’t able to unclip my shoes in time).

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    Kerry @ Running on Faith
    January 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    SO COOL about the bike 🙂 I love it!!

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    Madeline- greens and jeans
    January 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I recommend practicing in the grass! You’ll be clipping in and out like a pro before you know it! You’ll get used to the “diaper effect” too! I don’t even notice it any more

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    Cynthia (It All Changes)
    January 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I have to get a pair of those to do more riding this spring but your lady parts will thank you.

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    Niki @ Niki's Neverending Adventure
    January 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Yay! Awesome bike!

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    Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    January 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I need a bike. That one must have cost an arm and a leg. Enjoy it!

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    January 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Be careful with those pedals and make sure you clip out on one side far in advance if you can! And don’t be embarrased when you fall (and you will!)…it happens to the best of us. 😉

    Oh and BTW, that is a VERY NICE bike!!

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    January 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    That bike looks slick!

    Don’t forget to get padded shorts! They make all the difference!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    i LOVE the bike! and you make the pants look a LOT more attractive than some people…i’m just sayin’ is all i’m sayin’!

    have fun at the studio 🙂

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    Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    January 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Whoaaaaa jealous!! did you get that bike for free? Do you get to keep it??

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      January 28, 2010 at 7:37 am


      As part of my contract with Echelon Gran Fondo, I did get that bike for free. However, I’m in charge of raising all the money and actually doing the event!


      LOL those are NOT bike pants that I am wearing in that photo. Those are Lululemon wunder unders! 😉

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    Danielle (Coffee Run)
    January 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I like the bike! (And the shoes 😉 )
    Good luck with your writing

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    Sam (Merit to the Carrot)
    January 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    AWESOME BIKE!!!!!!!

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    January 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Congrats on getting your bike! Looks awesome! 😀

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    January 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    haha biking shorts have to be the most uncomfortable thing to wear, and yes quite unattractive.. but you get used to it 🙂

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Yay for the bike!! And those are totally awesome shoes 😉 lol I’ve never worn padded shorts but I can only imagine…

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    January 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    That bike is sweet! Road bikes are awesome. I have a Specialized Allez and I absolutely love it. The clipless pedals will be awkward at first, but you will get the hang of them after one or two rides and they are so worth it. Be sure to have one foot (I usually use my left) unclipped when you are coming to a stop – it really helps to keep you from falling straight over!

    I never had any luck with the Jelly Belly Sports Beans – they always gave me the worst stomach cramps. Clif Shot Blocks and Gu Chomps are awesome though!

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    January 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Yeah, the bike pants take a bit of getting used to but man, I could never hop on my bike without them now! My bum would die (although I have got a ridiculously racy seat definitely not designed for comfort)!

    Ah, bike shoes! My first few experiences were seriously traumatic! At least I wasn’t road cycling so the surface wasn’t, well, concrete but still, it’s a bit embarrassing! Traffic lights…I hear many stories about forgetting to unclip at them. As yet I haven’t made that mistake though…

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    January 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Sweet bike! You’ll definitely get used to the bike shorts. The first time I tried them on it was so completely awkward but now I’m so used to bike shorts that I hardly notice the diaper feeling

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    January 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    pratcie clipping in and out in your lawn for a bit…just a tip 🙂 and always unclip your dominant leg first so you lean that way!! And remember even pro’s fall on their butts once in awhile….youre AWESOME!!

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    January 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Yeah, those shorts do make you feel like you are wearing a diaper but they will save your butt. I remember when I first starting riding I did not have any. Just doing ten miles killed my rear. Best investment and greatest biking invention every.

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    January 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Glad you got all your bike gear!

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    Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    January 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Oh my gosh I have total bike envy! I know that’s bad, but I really do!! 🙂

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    Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    January 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    What a gorgeous bike…I LOVE IT!!!!!

    haha yes the padded shorts – not attractive but oh so good for long rides!

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    Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    January 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Who knew bike shoes could be so cute? And, yes, yes, yes about padded shorts!

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    Mary (Food Fit & Fun)
    January 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    That’s awesome! So jealous of your new bike! I wish I had one. Can’t wait to hear about all of your awesome rides! 🙂

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    January 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Love the bike!!
    I use “clip-in” shoes for spin class, but I cannot imagine going on the open road in them, I bet that’s a fun experience!

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    January 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    congrats on the bike! I’m SO bad on 2-wheeled things…I could never ride a bike that i actually have to clip my feet into.

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    January 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Woohoo! Here’s to keeping the rubber side down!

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    January 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Oh yeah…bike shorts suck!!! But trust me…after about mile 50 I am SOOOO glad I have them on!!
    I am so excited for you!! You are going to LOVE cycling!! It’s my favorite sport!!!
    Awesome bike!

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    January 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Awesome new bike 😀 I can imagine how weird padded bike shorts would feel & look, but I’m sure your butt will thank you later.

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    Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    January 27, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Haha yeah love the awkward padded shorts feeling.

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    January 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I love the new bike! I have never used the shoes where they connect to the bike. Good luck with that!

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    January 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Don’t you just feel so official wearing those cycling shoes? It is always fun to have the right equipment!

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    Pam (@ TotalHealthCounseling)
    January 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Wow what an awesome road bike!! How exciting 🙂
    That bike will make all the difference in your race, those things can go super fast.
    Have fun!!

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    January 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Beautiful bike!!! You’ll be glad you have those padded shorts at the end of some long rides!! You can also check out triathlon shorts…the pad is a lot smaller. I prefer those even if I’m only riding to the bike shorts. And you’ll have the shoes and pedals down in no time. Just be sure to unclip BEFORE you stop!! I speak from experience!! 😉

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    January 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    again, get used to the bike first…can’t stress that enough…

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    January 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Love the new bike! And nothing like relaxing with your lunch in the middle of a store :).

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    January 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Jenna: Congrats on the bike!! I can’t wait until the weather gets a little nicer in PA so I can get back out and bike ride again.

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 27, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Woo hoo!!! She’s a beauty!

    Lol– those padded shorts make me laugh. I used to have a boss who would bike in to work wearing them…ugh.

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    Emily Eats and Exercises
    January 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Yay for new bike gear! I got my bike (and all the equipment) last summer and I’m a bit obsessed.
    One piece of advice: TOTALLY worth it to learn how to change your own tire. My bike store has a class you can take (or a friend is good too.) I have been very happy to know this a few times and it’s really not too hard once you get the hang of it.
    Enjoy the clipless pedals. I agree with others that you’ll tip over once or twice. I did within the first 10 minutes of riding – in front of a row of 20 cars!! I was much more embarrassed than hurt. Haven’t fallen since.

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    January 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Nice bike! Clips ins took me a while to get used to and two falls (although I wasn’t moving, lol). One of the best tricks I have is always start clipping out before you start breaking, otherwise you fall! Eventually the shorts will feel like second nature, and your behind will thank you! My favorite cycle women’s line is She Best! They make the most comfortable capri cycling pants. Also huge fan of the shot blocks. They taste much better than gu!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I hate padded shorts, too!! I do like padded seats, tho.

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    January 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Wow beautiful bike. Clips take time to get used to but they are worth it.

    As for the padded shorts, I wear a padded liner “underwear” so that I can wear something “more attractive” than the shorts. Trust me you need them and towards the end of the ride you’ll be wanting a diaper or anything with more padding.

    Best of luck. I’m excited to follow you on your journey.

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    Running Betty
    January 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    when you eat kiwi do you eat the peel? I don’t, my daughter does.

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      January 28, 2010 at 7:35 am

      Running Betty,

      I do eat my kiwi peel! I love it.

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    Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    January 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Jenna, your new bike is beautiful!! Congratulations. I couldn’t imagine trying to bike with feet clipped in, or wearing padded shorts! I’m sure it’s great once you get the hang of it, hope you figure it out soon. Be safe!! 🙂

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    January 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    congrats on the new bike! its looks pretty hardcore.

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    January 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Congrats on the new bike! I agree, bike shorts are like wearing a diaper but you’ll be glad you have them after miles and miles and miles and miles… 🙂

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    January 28, 2010 at 5:48 am

    My husband has a felt and he loves it! Have fun!

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    January 28, 2010 at 5:51 am

    That bike is awesome! I’ve been looking at getting a new bike (mine got stolen 🙁 ) but I bet you’ll have a great time riding it!
    ps. that pita looked delish!

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    January 28, 2010 at 6:12 am

    With your new shoes/pedals, take some time in a door jam inside your apartment to practice. That way you can hold onto the walls and have both feet in your shoes, clipped in. Without a trainer at home, that is a great way to practice. Riding clipped in is so much better…but it does take a little practice! Start clipping out early before any stop signs, lights, etc and you will be fine 🙂 Good luck!

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    January 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Jenna! Your bike is beautiful! I have a Cannondale Feminine Six13 and love it. If I’m ever in your neighborhood (and hopefully I will be sooner than later!), we’ll have to go for a bike ride and I can help you train for your century!! Also, you get used to the bike shorts and clip-in pedals eventually 🙂

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      January 28, 2010 at 7:32 am


      I would LOVE that!!! i miss you!

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    Katie G
    January 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

    LOVE the new bike! Yes, padded shorts feel like a diaper, and I ALWAYS grab a bad of Sports Beans when I am at the bike shop or any outdoor store that sells them…it’s an excuse to eat candy, haha.
    Good luck on your first few rides! I have the same shoes and they are great! It takes a bit to get used to clipping in and out but once you use them a few times, you will be a pro!
    I’m doing a Century ride in October and need to get myself back in gear…I’ve been doing indooor spinning all winter but it’s still so cold here in MD to bike outdoors early.
    Happy cycling!

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    January 28, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Nice bike! I got mine in 1999 at age 11! The seat is entirely worn out, so it’s pretty much unusable until I get a new seat for it. All the better though since the current one made my tailbone sore for MONTHS after I stopped riding it. Maybe I should get one of those diaper shorts? 😉

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    sassy molassy
    January 28, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Question for ya: Did you get the bike in gift or did you buy it? Just curious at some of the amazing things you popular bloggers get! Felts are great bikes. I have a Trek Madone 4.5 that i got this past july. First road bike I’ve ever had. The clipping in and out was hard at first (i’ve fallen three times), but now it’s standard. Even rode my bike to work today (with lots of warm layers)!

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    January 30, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I got a road bike for my birthday, and my husband and I ride together (he’s MUCH better than I am). I have the whole shoe-pedal combo too, and fell over ALOT at first. I used to get so fixated on getting the shoe unclipped that I wouldn’t realize that I had come to a complete stop.

    My only hint is to pay loads of attention and start unclipping REALLY early when you see stops signs or obstacles or places you’ll need to stop. At least get one foot out. You can always unclip the other once you’ve stopped and leaning on that leg.

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    February 2, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Bike shorts are sexy. Congrats on the new bike!

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